Children, meet Sarge and his pet snake!
Let me say right here, seeing this soldier eat a snake while blood spurts all over his face is not what I find bizarre about this photo.
We’ve been toughened up, we can take it.
No, what makes this one special is that the photo caption says this guy is doing it “as part of a live drill performed in front of students…”
“Students, we have a very special Career Day for you today. so let’s all shake out the wiggles and pay attention.
“Remember last week, Jimmy’s daddy showed us his fire truck, and Emily’s mommy showed us her stethoscope?
“Well today, Lamar’s daddy, who is a soldier, is going to do something with a real live snake. I don’t know what it is, either, so let’s all be really quiet and be surprised.
“Please go ahead and get started, Sergeant. Remember, the children have their lunch in 15 minutes.”
Members of the Lebanese Airborne regiment eat snakes as part of a live drill performed in front of students at a school in Sidon, southern Lebanon May 26, 2010. REUTERS/Ali Hashisho
U.S. first lady Michelle Obama reacts as she greets students at the Lamb Public Charter School in Washington May 4, 2009. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas